Unstacking the Deck For African-American Entrepreneurs

Unstacking the Deck For African-American Entrepreneurs

DERRECK MUHAMMAD & LAUREN WILLIAMS | HUFFINGTON POST

America consistently hails the iconic entrepreneur: We perpetuate a lofty, myopic, unrealistic standard of entrepreneurial success defined by trendy inventions, fast-paced growth and billion dollar profits. But by painting this whitewashed picture of entrepreneurism, we delude ourselves about the reality of American business ownership. Tiny, lower-revenue businesses are the norm for most entrepreneurs.



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Eighty percent of all firms and 79% of white-owned firms have no paid employees at all; a whopping 96% of Black-owned businesses have no paid employees.

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